Here are some fresh pics of the Root. Was short on time, otherwise I would have took some more pics with an 1849 for comparison and shot more rounds through her.
The Root is slightly smaller than the 1849 Pocket Modle, and even lighter in weight. For me, it varies far enough from the common Colt to draw my full attention. Not only is it different by our standards of today, getting your hands on a reproduction does not happen at the drop of a hat. Palmetto did not make the best quality reproductions, but they really shined when they went beyond and made this modle.
I suspect this particular piece is well above average when it comes to their quality. It functions very well and is put together as well as any older pietta that I have had my hands on.
I only had time to shoot 5 rounds at a gong from 15 yards and make this post before I had to head out on a detail, but she will sit on the bench untill tomorrow and I will shoot her some more. I stuffed the cylinder full of Old Eynsford 3F and topped it off with a .320 round ball. It went off perfectly all five rounds, the spent caps stayed place on the cones, and it grouped just fine. Hits about 10 inches high though.
I had the same grand feeling when I shot my other Root for the first time. Simply put, it is very cool and fun. Perhaps part of the fact is knowing that you just can't order one of these when you want one and then go to to shooting. Another part is the historical connection with Colt. And lastly, they are very unique.
Thanks again sltm1 for the opportunity to own this piece. It is in good hands and won't have to live life as a safe queen anymore.